Girls happily reading their books - at Orchard Place Des Moines

Community Events Celebrating Black History

Community Events Celebrating Black History

Through the Lens: A Documentary

Thursday, February 1, 2024 

Varsity Cinema in Des Moines 7 pm

This is a second showing of this locally created documentary, where there is a panel discussion on Black Mental Health in Iowa. Your presence adds to the depth and diversity of the dialogue. Guest speakers include Teresa Zilk, Breanne Ward, and Brian Brown.

Free to attend.

First Friday 

"Carter G. Woodson, founder of Black History Week which later became Black History Month, hoped to deepen our collective study and scholarship about Black history. Black History Month recognizes the contributions of African Americans as triumphant, resilient, and inextricable from, yet transcendent of, the American story. The February First Friday exhibition is a creative lens on such transcendence then & now, and of optimism for Black futures." - Abena Sankofa Imhotep - Author and Mainframe Artist

Free to attend.

Friday, February 2, 2024, 5-8 pm; Mainframe Studios, 900 Keosauqua Way, Des Moines

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African American Museum of Iowa

Black Panther Party in Des Moines 

Des Moines serves as a great example of the long struggle for racial justice that led to the growth of the Black Panther Party and the Black Power movement. Join the African American Museum of Iowa as we explore myths and facts around Black Power, how the Des Moines Black Panther Party worked with education reform and food access, and the ways they changed life for Black Iowans.

Registration Required

Saturday, February 3, 2024, starts at 2pm - 950 S Warrior Lane, Waukee, IA 50263

I’ll Make Me a World: Iowa’s African American Festival 

Annual celebration highlighting African American arts, culture and contributions through education, awareness and preservation.

Free to attend. 

Embracing Excellence Gala, February 9th - World Food Prize Hall of Laureates, Des Moines

Education Day, February 9th - Horizon Events Center, Clive

Celebration Day, February 10th - Horizon Events Center, Clive

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